Don't give up on Turner

The Tennessee Vols still have a shot -- albeit a long shot -- at landing Nashville superstar Patrick Turner.

Turner, a 6-foot-5 High School All-America wide receiver, committed to Southern Cal earlier this week. His loyalties could change, however, if the Trojans lose offensive coordinator Norm Chow. Chow's name has surfaced in connection with the Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator post, a position recently vacated by Mike Heimerdinger.

Chow's high-powered USC passing attack played a big role in Turner's decision to be a Trojan, so Chow's departure could prompt Turner to rethink his choice of colleges.

Regarded as one of football's most creative offensive thinkers, Chow produced such standout quarterbacks as Marc Wilson, Steve Young, Phillip Rivers, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. In his brief stint at USC he has cranked out two Heisman-winning quarterbacks, Palmer and Leinart, in the past three years.

Despite a resume' that is downright imposing, Chow has been unsuccessful in his pursuit of head coaching jobs at the major college level. He recently lost out to Tyrone Willingham for the Washington post. So, should the Titans offer the right financial package, Chow could be headed for Nashville ... and Patrick Turner could be headed for Knoxville.

Stranger things have happened. In fact, they happen all the time in the wacky world of college football recruiting.


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